‘lab live: reality’ in partnership with Rolls-Royce – book here now

Experience the latest virtual and augmented reality technology, meet a supersonic car, explore the aerodynamics of materials and learn how to design and print 3D objects.

The Institute of Imagination continues its programme of events with ‘lab live: reality’ in partnership with Rolls-Royce. The second of our large-scale ‘lab live’ family events taking place at the Imagination Lab on London’s Albert Embankment where we will be taking over the 12,000 sq ft Engine Room at the Workshop to welcome children with their families.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Rolls-Royce, an organisation committed to enthusing and inspiring young people to explore the world through access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Join us for a fantastic day of activities brought to you with a range of 25 supporting partners and makers, where participants can explore what ‘reality’ means through design, mechanics, engineering and futuristic exploration.

See below for a full list of partners and activities you can expect to find on the day:

  • Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car)
    Be amazed at a model of the fantastic Bloodhound SSC – one of the fastest cars on earth! Brought to you by the team at Rolls-Royce, visitors have the chance to build their own models in the ‘connect challenge’.
  • Digihaus
    Design your own laser cut and engraved products with the support of Digihaus and the latest laser cutting technology.
  • Digital Microscope and Imagination Pods
    Build and use a simple digital microscope and explore the micro reality around you.
  • Magic Machine
    Let your imagination run wild by inventing and building your own Magic Machine.
  • 3D Printing
    Understanding the concept of design engineering and spanning both the physical and digital. How does design thinking enable an idea to become a reality?
  • Kidesign
    A workshop on the process of design: from idea, to concept to finished product.
  • Joto
    Design art for this impressive robotic drawing board, and find out how you can instantly share it with family around the world.
  • iOi Virtual Reality
    Explore the virtual world through the latest Virtual Reality technology HTC Vive.  Explore engines, trains aeroplanes or create your own art with Google Tiltbrush.
  • Illusion
    Understand the science and art of your perception of reality and explore the weird and wonderful world of illusion.
  • Google Expeditions
    Immerse yourself in new worlds with Google Expedition’s programme. Explore the surface of Mars, visit the International Space Station or submerge yourself in the beautiful underworld of coral reefs.
  • Fuze
    Computer coding is now deeply rooted into the curriculum and with Fuze, an education focussed computer you can play in a coding environment and combine it with simple electronics and sensors for an engaging learning experience.
  • Tinkering with Motors
    Use motors, propellers and crafts materials to make something move.
  • My Mini Factory
    Get creative using 3D computer aided design and then see how your designs can be manufactured with My Mini Factory.
  • Neutral Digital
    Experience augmented reality with  Neutral Digital through a Microsoft HoloLens which allows you to interact with holograms around you.
  • The Renaissance Atelier
    Learn traditional skills in a modern world. Come and design future realities and art and create your own sculpture
  • Robert’s Workshop
    Build a kit car and making it go either with a balloon, battery or elastic band and race others to see who’s fastest
  • Sphero
    Play, code and explore with these colourful little robots and see if you can code them to win a race.
  • Toby Whelan
    Explore your fidgeting and create your own fidget tool to direct your energy.
  • Cardboard Automata
    Build and decorate your own ‘cardboard automata’ using simple mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages, resulting in moving sculptures.
  • The Windtube
    Explore aerodynamics by making objects that fly and testing them out in the iOi’s windtube.
  • #Yosteam
    A range of activities for everyone, with a focus on encouraging girls into technology.
  • Zappar
    Create an augmented reality poster of your Future Self using ZapWorks – Zappar’s powerful and easy-to-use AR content creation tool.
  • Flight
    Experiment with a drone and view the world from the above with our GoPro and helium balloon.
  • CoSpaces
    Make your own VR experiences using CoSpaces App. Work in a 3D environment then view it using a headset.
  • State of Play Games
    Hidden at the event are KAMI 2 puzzles. Find and solve all 12 in augmented reality and design your own puzzles with the creators.
  • The Zen Room
    Change your perspective on reality by immersing in quiet awareness.

Please note that partners are subject to change or cancellation. 

Ideal for children aged 6-14, participants will find a huge range of activities and workshops on offer to fire up everyone’s imagination. We look forward to seeing you there.

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.